Perfect Sweater: Remedial Coverage
December 15, 2005
Dear Kay, and everybody who’s not quite as, uh, troublemaking as Kay,
YIKES, WOMAN! You start leaving Comments with words like dolman sleeves, and people are going to bolt for the doors. You don’t yell dolman in a crowded Future Search!
I state it plainly: the Perfect Sweater does not have the sleeves of the flying squirrel. There is no peculiar winged element to these sleeves. Nobody’s going to be storing nuts in these sleeves. You can wave your arm high over your head in this sweater. These are set-in sleeves, by jinky, free-flappin’ set-in sleeves.
See? I do wonder if the sleeves should be just a bit less full. The fact that you even thought of the word dolman suggests that maybe they are too full. Thoughts, everybody?
It looks so deflated, without a human wearing it. This photo shows just how three-dimensional a set-in sleeve is–it won’t lie flat because it’s spoze to fit an ackshul arm. Here’s the left sleeve, inflated by Ms. Super Fantastic:
Still not loving those Frankenstein scar decreases. Lord willing (and Rev. Linda has offered up the proper entreaties), that’s been fixed in the pattern.
You are right, of course–yesterday’s lone, slightly blurry photograph of the Perfect Sweater was undeniably pathetic. I am embarrassed to have underblogged so grievously. In the interest of achieving a Kayworthy Overview of a Finished Object (in this case an Object Very Much in Process Yet at a Stage Worth Studying), here are some upcloseandpersonal photos of the Perfect Sweater, Beta Version.
The side shaping. Just the simple fact that you can make a curve in knitting gives me a great pleasure.
The side seam. Who thought up knitting, anyway? So cool.
The shoulder seams, with the short rows. Refining those little wrapped stitches which prolly shouldn’t be there.
The collar, about which please don’t be alarmed because this isn’t how it’s actually going to look and it’s a mess here but we knit samples in order to discover stuff like this right?
If you’ve read this far, you deserve a present: Baby in Handknits! So here is Crockett, the official mannequin of our knitting group. Laura, his mom, has pretty much taught herself to knit, and has discovered that her baby is the perfect creature to cover in handknits.
I think this is the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch.
Judy cooked up this one.
This is Crockett imitating his favorite performer, Bootsy Collins.
He’s like an American Girl doll. Oh wait, he’s a real baby. I’ll stop Christmas shopping now.
PS Re the Windy City Perfect Sweater Winding Party–So glad to hear from everybody! Details will be forthcoming shortly. Please email me if you’d like to attend–it’ll be either the 28th or 29th, five o’clockish. The sister-in-law Mary Neal will be hosting us at her loft in the Loop, bless her.